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Coronavirus: School Academisation should be put on hold during pandemic - LGA

“We want to work with the Government to ensure that schools are given the support they need over the immediate term, and this includes urgently placing a temporary pause on academy conversions during this time.

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30 years of Children's Act: next government needs to invest in children's services

The next government needs to invest in children’s services so councils can fulfil the ambitions of the Children’s Act, the Local Government Association says as it marks the 30th anniversary of the landmark legislation. The 1989 Act puts children at the centre of any decisions made that affects them, with councils given the role of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. In the same year the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child set out the rights a child is entitled to and how adults and governments must work together to make that happen.  At the National Children and


500 child protection investigations carried out every single day

With 90 children entering the care system every single day last year, the LGA is calling on the Government to use the upcoming Local Government Finance Settlement to resolve the £2billion funding gap that is facing children’s services by 2020.

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Barnardo’s warning of impact of Health and Care Bill on young carers – LGA statement

“Young carers do an amazing job but it is vital that they are not asked to provide a level of support that is detrimental to their wellbeing or is beyond their capability."


Budget 2017: councils react to no extra children's services funding

"We’ve reached a tipping point where this service can no longer be ignored. It is absolutely crucial that the forthcoming Local Government Finance Settlement addresses this funding gap."


Children's care cash crisis: children's centres in fight for survival

Families face the prospect of seeing more children’s centres close in their community after figures analysed by the Local Government Association showed councils have been forced to cut their spending on the service by nearly a quarter in four years.


Children's care cash crisis: nine in 10 councils pushed into the red

Severe funding shortages for social services that protect vulnerable children have pushed nearly nine in 10 councils into the red, new LGA analysis relveals.

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Children's care crisis: councils forced to overspend almost £800m on children's social care

Councils are in a unique position of being able to make the real and effective change needed locally that will ultimately help to solve some of the biggest problems the nation is facing and changing the lives of their communities. 


Children's social care at breaking point, council leaders warn

Growing demand for support has lead to 75 per cent of councils in England overspending on their children’s services budgets by more than half a billion pounds.

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Children’s social worker shortage reaches five-year high

The Local Government Association is concerned that latest workforce data shows the number of social workers leaving their roles in 2021 was 4,995, an increase of 16 per cent on the previous year.